HBO triumphantly introduced that Dragon Home Season 2 has been within the works since Tuesday, however the press launch neglected a serious solid member. The advert was eager to record returning stars and producers, however meaning anybody neglected of the announcement is now in danger. Honest warning: there are spoilers and attainable spoilers forward!
Tuesday’s press launch particularly said that Matt Smith, Emma D’Arcy, Olivia Cooke, Eve Greatest, Steve Touissant, and Matthew Needham could be returning for Season 2 of Home of the Dragon. It additionally talked about Fabien Frankel, Ewan Mitchell, Tom Glynn-Carney, Sonoya Mizuno, Rhys Ifans, Harry Collett, Bethany Antonia, Phoebe Campbell, Phia Saban and Jefferson Corridor. Nevertheless, he stated nothing about Graham McTavish, the actor who performed Ser Harrold Westerling in Season 1. McTavish was touted as a star final yr, however his character made a spectacular exit from King’s Touchdown to the tip of the season.
As followers could recall, in Episode 9, Otto Hightower (Ifans) ordered Westerling, Lord Commander of the Kingsguard, to assassinate Rhaenyra (D’Arcy) and her household, and he was unworthy. He stated he wouldn’t acknowledge Hightower’s authority and gave up the white cloak which is the badge of workplace for the Kingsguard. He stormed off and was changed by Ser Criston Cole (Frankel), however die-hard followers know that is not how Westerling’s story ended within the guide.
In George R. R. Martin’s fictional historical past guide Fireplace & Blood, Westerling was truly useless lengthy earlier than this level. He died earlier than King Viserys I (Paddy Considine) of unnamed causes. The guide solely mentions that Westerling died within the yr 112 AC and was succeeded by Cole – presumably by Viserys’ alternative.
Whereas the TV model could have been extra dramatic, it additionally leaves a unfastened finish that would have ripple results down the road. For one, Westerling by no means reappears within the guide once more, so any involvement he has within the upcoming struggle could be a departure from the supply materials. However, her departure from the Small Council in Season 1 is an unresolved story, and if she does not return, it is going to be the type of oblivion that Sport Of Thrones was notorious for its ultimate seasons.
As for McTavish himself, he has different work on the horizon, however he appeared hopeful that he would return to Dragon Home in an interview with TV Line final yr. He stated: “When he is leaving, I imply – hey, you realize, in my thoughts I type of pictured him striding out, getting on his horse, getting out of city and actually taking a while to decompress , to actually assume, you realize, ‘What am I going to do subsequent?’ As a result of I do not assume he has a plan. I do not assume Harrold would go house at night time with an exit technique if issues went fallacious. He by no means imagined that might occur.”
Dragon Home Season 2 is at present filming and is about to premiere in Fall 2024. Season 1 is now streaming on HBO Max together with all eight seasons of Sport Of Thrones. Martin’s books can be found in print, digital and audiobook codecs.